And it appears that Ms. Williams is over having to endure the endless and oftentimes ridiculous and race-tinged questions from reporters about it.
But many fans feel this latest inquiry fired at Serena – which is now a moot point since she dropped out of the French Open earlier today because of an injury – is probably the most preposterous.
Here’s backdrop to the drama: Jeff Donaldson, the social media coordinator at @TennisCanada, was present at the French Open in Paris when an unknown reporter asked Serena questions that led him to tweet:
“I have never physically cringed as hard as when I read this in Serena’s transcript. Wow.”
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Can we talk about how Serena Williams managed to date her coach for years, break up with him, have a child and marry a whole other man, keep the same coach and her husband sits next to him at the matches
— Ashley (@yellowjeans) June 2, 2018
His reaction was in response to the transcript below featuring the question:
Q: I know that you want to get back to Olympia; work with me here, please.
Williams: Work with me (smiling).
Q: We’re in this together, baby.
Williams: No, we’re not; you’re not going home to a screaming baby.
Q: I have been waiting about 14 years to ask you this question. After the 2004 Wimbledon match with Maria, I had the opportunity to interview Donald Trump on his LA golf course, and he said that Maria’s shoulders were incredibly alluring and then he came up with this incredible analysis: that you were intimidated by her supermodel good looks. My question is: have you ever been intimidated by anyone else on a tennis court, and what are your thoughts about that occurrence?
Williams: I honestly don’t have any thoughts about that. I can’t say that I have been intimidated by anyone. That’s all. That’s it.
Serena’s comments come in the days leading up to her match against Sharapova at the French Open. But – as we said above – today, Monday (June 4), Williams withdrew with a pectoral muscle injury, minutes before she was expected to take the court to face Maria in Monday’s fourth round.
“Right now I can’t actually serve,” said Williams as she announced her withdrawal from the interview room at Roland Garros. “It’s kind of hard to play when I can’t physically serve.”
This is the latest setback in Serena’s comeback after giving birth to her daughter last September.
“I’m beyond disappointed,” Williams added. “You know, I gave up so much, from time with my daughter to time with my family. I put everything on the court, you know. All for this moment. So it’s really difficult to be in this situation, but I always, for now in my life, I just always try to think positive and just think of the bigger picture and hopefully the next events and the rest of the year.”